From the periphery towards the centre: making “innovation” the new normal at UNDP

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  A recent evaluation of our work by MindLab gave us an opportunity for reflection. “Embedding innovation in our business processes” is an aspirational mantra we often hear. We realize now that the mantra, with its emphasis on system thinking, goes against the very grain of the  culture of a very project-orientated organisation. What we… Read more »

A Perfect Marriage: Bringing together development and entrepreneurship

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According to some estimates, achieving the Global Goals will cost $172.5 trillion by 2030. Consider that aid towards developing countries currently sits around $350 billion annually. It’s clear there is a major gap in funding between where we are and where we want to go. Some relevant questions we often ask ourselves: How can we… Read more »

People helping people: It’s a new day for public services in Kyrgyzstan

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social inclusion




With growing internal migration and weakening economic situation in the region, it is no surprise that the isolation is becoming an increasing issue in Kyrgyzstan. According to the Social Fund, over 38% retirees live below the minimum living wage, with more than 5,000 claiming they feel lonely. Liudmila is a 77-year-old lady who has been… Read more »

Major funding experiment under way! Here is everything you need to know.

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As development practitioners, we often wonder how effective our interventions are and what we could have done differently. The burden on our shoulders is even higher when we are testing a prospective government policy that, once scaled up nationally, might have considerable social impact and would affect public purse. Evaluation of the public policies or… Read more »

Let’s play some leapfrog with the #UNDPCrowd

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Social innovation




Leapfrogging is a powerful concept. We have seen people leapfrog over traditional energy grids straight to off-grid solar energy production. We’ve seen them breeze past old landlines straight to smart phones. We’re now seeing something similar in the finance sector: citizens are leapfrogging over traditional banking services in favour of direct contact with suppliers and… Read more »